Use this online word search maker to make printable word searches for spelling, vocabulary, fast finisher tasks, and more!
This find-a-word maker opens up a world of options for the classroom. Create your own printable word searches then print for your students.
Customisable Word Search Maker
Our awesome Create Your Own Wordsearch Widget allows you to customise the word list included in your word search. You can use enter your own words, separated by a comma. Alternatively, choose a pre-saved list from the drop-down menu.
There are over 100 pre-saved word lists available to use, including:
- Australian Federation vocabulary
- Dolch Sight Word Lists
- Fairytales Vocabulary
- Living and Non-Living Things Vocabulary
- Past and Present Vocabulary
- And many more!
Not only can you customise the word list included in your word search, but you can also choose the board size, school font and select lower or uppercase letters when you make your word search.
Looking for ready-made word searches? Explore our collection of printable word searches created and carefully curated by the Teach Starter teacher team!
How Do I Create a Custom Word Search?
Ready to give the word search generator a go? Here’s all you need to know to make a word search that’s been customised for your classroom and lesson!
- Click the ‘Play’ button at the top of the page.
- Add the title of your word search.
- Enter your list of words or select a word list.
- Select your board size.
- Choose the school font required.
- Choose from upper or lower case letters.
- Select Yes or No for diagonals words to be included in the find a word.
- Now just click download on the top right corner to access your Word Search.
Ways to Use Your Custom Word Search in the Classroom
Your head is surely buzzing with ways to use the word searches you’ve just made, but perhaps you could use a few more? Here are some tips for using custom word searches from the teacher team here at Teach Starter!
Get to Know Your New Classmates Word Search
Have you finally been given your class list for the new academic year? Get organised as soon as possible, and create a quick and easy word search using student names! A ‘Get to Know Your Classmates Word Search’ is a great way to help your students get to know their new peers.
Ask your students to find the hidden names in the word search and put faces to the names. Use this activity idea in conjunction with our other fun first-day-of-school activities.
Spelling List Word Search
A lot of smart teachers out there already use our Word Search Widget to help their students learn their weekly spelling list. A spelling list word search is a perfect activity to include in a spelling words activity grid.
Just copy and paste your spelling list into the word list box in this maker, and before you know it you’ll have a spelling list activity ready to go for Monday morning.
Word Wall Word Search
You can use our Word Search Widget to introduce any subject-specific vocabulary and to reinforce the content of word walls.
Teach Starter Teacher Tip: Save time by choosing a Teach Starter word wall, copying the suggested word list from the word wall and pasting it into the word search generator widget.
Grammar Word Search
When you need to inject a little bit of buzz into teaching and learning of grammar, do it with a word search. Your class will love to hunt for parts of speech, especially if you set a time challenge. Extend more confident students by asking them to write a sentence using each of the verbs that they find in the word search.
Use your Grammar Worksheet in conjunction with our huge collection of Grammar Teaching Resources.
Mathematics Vocabulary Word Search
Students need to build their mathematical vocabulary in order to decipher what the question is asking them to do. Who would have thought that one mathematical application such as addition would have so many names? You can help your students to become familiar with the different terms associated with mathematical symbols by displaying our Mathematics Vocabulary Posters. Next, reinforce your learning by creating a word search of mathematical vocabulary.
For students in the early years, why not use our word search generator to make phonics and word knowledge even more fun. Your students will love to find words that rhyme with ‘cat’ or ‘blue’ hidden in a find-a-word. This super simple idea could be used as a homework activity or a literacy rotation activity to consolidate your students’ ability to recognise and generate rhyming words.
High Frequency or Sight Word Word Search
Are the students in your class struggling to retain the knowledge of high frequency or sight words? You’ve guessed it… hide them in a word search. For more confident students, encourage them to extend their learning by constructing the words that they have found using our Giant Letter Tiles with Numbers (you can choose from upper or lower case letters) and asking them to add up their word score!
Don’t forget to check out our collection of Sight Word Resources.
Onomatopoeia Hidden Sounds
Early years students will love to search for onomatopoeia words. For early years, remember to opt for a 10 x 10 board size and limit the number of hidden words to around 8-10 words.
Lesson Hook Word Search
It turns out that a good old find-a-word can also be used as a brilliant introduction to a new area of learning or a lesson hook. Next time you introduce a new History or Geography topic, use our Word Search Widget to hide topic-specific words and encourage your students to guess the topic.
To make your life even easier, our word search widget includes a huge collection of custom word lists that range from ‘Ancient Egypt Vocabulary’ to ‘Weather and Erosion Vocabulary.’ All you have to do is hit the drop-down arrow next to ‘Select a Word List.’
Hidden Message Word Search
Hide a special message for your students in a word search. Write your personalised message in the ‘words’ box. Don’t forget to jumble the words up and to separate the words with commas or enter one word per line. For an extra challenge, cut the word list from the bottom of the printable before giving it to your students to solve.
Character Study Word Search
Next time you read a storybook with your class, choose a character from the story and create a word search of character traits. For an extra challenge, add some mystery and do not reveal the character name. Instead, encourage more confident students to refer to the text and the character traits hidden in the word search to guess the character.
For early years students, keep it simple on a 10×10 grid and consider completing the word search as a whole class warm-up activity. Simply project the word search on an interactive whiteboard, and ask your students to work in collaboration to find the hidden words.
Use this character study word search idea as a warm-up activity before asking your students to make a Character Adjective Concertina.
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